Program: MS Immunology
The master of science degree in immunology will encompass two years of required and elective graduate courses and a comprehensive research internship package completed during the course of the two-year training program. The internship will encompass three specific areas of research -
- Basic discovery of innate and adaptive immune response mechanisms
- Translational research centered in therapeutic and preventive vaccine development or the development of immunomodulatory strategies
- Clinical immunology research arena
The immunology graduate program will also include a one-semester experience in clinical and research grand rounds focused on clinical problems associated with inflammatory disease. Some students may opt to complete the program on a part-time basis, taking up to four years. In either sequence, no dissertation is required. Program directors and course faculty will work closely with each student to best achieve his or her specific goals.
University of Washington
Program: PhD Immunology
The UW Immunology Ph.D. program provides comprehensive, rigorous training in the discipline of immunology, emphasizing the connections between the immune system and other biological systems in health and disease.
The UW Immunology graduate program provides the opportunity to pursue an understanding of immune responses from the cellular, molecular and systems biology perspective, a key starting point for careers in academia, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical research programs.
UW Immunology faculty provide a high-quality educational experience for students through teaching and hands-on research. One-on-one faculty mentorship during a student’s time in the department is a key component to the success of our program. This foundation enables our students to make fundamental discoveries, and serves as a starting point for careers in academic and industrial research programs.
University of Toronto
Program 1: MS in Applied Immunology
The purpose of the MSc in the field of Applied Immunology is to provide advanced training in designing, implementing and evaluating Immunological techniques that measure immune responses.
To qualify for the degree, each candidate must complete specified course work and a Major Research Project.
The Major Research Project, which will be performed in a host laboratory, will comprise research that designs and validates a novel technical approach that will be summarized in a proposal document, a report document and an oral presentation.The duration of the MSc degree in Applied Immunology will be 6 sessions (F/W/S/F/W/S) or 24 months.
Program 2: MS in Fundamental Immunology
The purpose of the MSc in the field of Fundamental Immunology is to provide advanced training in an area of specialization, with a particular emphasis on the acquisition of experience in the strategies and experimental methods of modern, original, scientific research.
To qualify for the degree, each candidate must complete specified course work, submit a satisfactory thesis based on his/her research, and successfully defend it in a Departmental examination.
The MSc thesis should contain research demonstrating that the student has mastered the techniques in a specialized area of research and can design and carry out controlled, informative experiments in this area. The MSc thesis should not be required to contain a finished piece of research but should be a competent report of the student’s mastery of certain relevant techniques and their application to a specific problem. Within the thesis and its defence, the student should also demonstrate a command of the subject matter in his/her area of research and in related areas of Immunology. In our Department, the typical time to complete the MSc degree is between 2-3 years.
Program: MS Microbiology & Immunology
The primary goal of this program is to provide students with unique opportunities to learn experimental designs and fundamental research techniques, and objectively synthesize information from scientific literature. These tools enable the students to focus on major research topics offered by the Department: molecular microbiology, mycology, microbial physiology, virology, genetics, immunology, drug design, and aspects of host-parasite relationships.
Each M.Sc. student chooses their preferred major research area and research supervisor.
Following an interview, the student is presented with a research topic and offered a studentship (amounts vary). Each student must register for the graduate courses (two seminars, two reading and conference courses, and three current topics). If pertinent to the student’s research program, the research adviser may advise the student to take additional courses.
Most of the students, after one year, are proficient researchers, and some first authors of a research publication. M.Sc. students may fast-track to the Ph.D. program after three terms of residency. The remaining students advance their microbiology background by opting to enter into medicine, epidemiology, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical disciplines
University of British Columbia
Program: MS Microbiology & Immunology
According to the University -
"Microbiology has been an integral part of UBC since the university’s inception in 1915. Our program is a strong and collaborative community of microbiologists, immunologists, biochemists and cell biologists, based at UBC and affiliated hospitals.
We promote fundamental and translational research and we enjoy strong connections to clinical colleagues across Canada. Many of our students are located in the Life Sciences Institute, a world-class collection of scientists with facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy and imaging, together with the Facility for Infectious Disease and Epidemic Research, the Advanced Structural Biology for Re-emerging Infectious Diseases group, and the Genome Sciences Centre.
We work closely with the Centres for Drug Research and Development and for High-Throughput Biology, emphasising commercialisation and entrepreneurship. We have 90 MSc and PhD students currently enrolled in our program and have an excellent track record in mentoring and training. We are proud of the many and diverse successes of our alumni."
University of Manitoba
Program: MS Immunology
The Department of Immunology offers a research-intensive program of graduate training leading to M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in Immunology, and provides the experience suitable for research careers in biomedical science in the context of industry, government or academic laboratories.
The Department has all the essential equipment and laboratory facilities for active research in programs in the following areas: isolation and characterization of antibodies and antigens; detection and function of cytokines; cell receptors and their functions; signal transduction; cell differentiation; development of monoclonal antibodies; structure and function of adhesion molecules; recombinant DNA methodology; flow cytometry and other fluorescence-based cell analyses; mass spectroscopy; confocal microscopy; regulation of the immune response in relation to allergy, transplantation, vaccination and cancer; discovery of novel immunoregulatory genes and compounds; development of immunodiagnostic procedures.
Program: M.Sc. Microbiology & Immunology
The Graduate Program of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology revolves around two major fields of scientific endeavor: i) The molecular and cellular biology of microorganisms, and ii) The molecular and cellular biology of the immune system. These fields involve studies on bacteria, virus, parasites, cancer cells, and immune cells with an emphasis on molecular biology, biochemistry, and pathogenesis.
The Department is primarily committed to the training of PhD students but also offers programs leading to a MSc degree. PhD and MSc degrees are offered through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thus their calendar should be consulted for general and specific information pertaining to residency requirements, deadlines, thesis requirements, and other pertinent information.
University of Calgary
Program: M.Sc. Immunology
The graduate program in Immunology provides state-of-the-art training in immunological research. Students gain a foundation in the functions and interactions of all components of the immune system, including infections such as cryptococcus neoformans, pseudomonas aeruginosa, lyme disease and malaria, and diseases such as diabetes. Students participate in the Immunology Research Group (IRF).
This group reflects the diversity and interdisciplinarity of the field, connecting students in the program with members from science and clinical departments throughout the Cumming School of Medicine and other University of Calgary departments. The IRG’s core themes are development and physiology of cells of the immune system, and immunological mechanisms in disease and the inflammatory process.
University of Alberta
We are a research-intensive department focusing on advanced studies in Bacteriology, Immunology, Virology, and the interface between these fields. MMI offers PhD and thesis-based MSc degrees.
Areas of specialization include Bacteriology, Immunology, Parasitology and Virology. Research focuses on cellular and molecular immunology, microbial pathogenesis, and the development of novel methods for the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The program requirements include coursework in the discipline, teaching experience, and the development of skills in research presentations.
University of Ottawa
Program: MS Immunology & Microbiology
The programs refine critical and scholarly skills in fields and areas of specialization and prepare students for a variety of careers in teaching and research both within and outside of academia, including in a governmental, clinical, or industrial setting. Graduates are expected to have acquired autonomy in conducting research, in preparing scholarly publications, through a training that includes course work, research seminars, and independent research leading to a thesis.
The Department is a participating unit in the following collaborative programs: the Bioinformatics program (at the master’s level) and the Pathology and Experimental Medicine program (at the master’s and doctoral levels).
University of Saskatchewan
Program: M.Sc. Microbiology & Immunology
The Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The department has expertise necessary for the instruction and training of advanced students in areas that include cellular and molecular biology of eukaryotes, microbial genetics and molecular biology, immunology, medical microbiology, microbial physiology, and virology.
Key research areas include -
- Molecular Genetics/Microbial Physiology: molecular regulation and secretion of virulence factors in pathogenic bacteria, genetic regulation of gluconeogenic enzymes, catalytic and regulatory mechanisms of microbial enzymes, chromosomal rearrangements, carcinogenesis, chemical mutagenesis, mutagenic mechanisms, DNA alkylation damage and repair in eukaryotes, and mechanism of replication nitiation.
- Immunology/Virology: molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for self-nonself discrimination and immune class determination, cellular and molecular interactions involved in lymphocyte activation and differentiation, analysis of regulatory function of CD8 T cells.
- Pathogenesis/Infectious Diseases: development of effective vaccination and immunotherapeutic strategies against intracellular pathogens causing chronic disease and against cancers, clinical bacteriology.
- Tumor Biology/Immunology: tumor metastasis, molecular tumor immunology.